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Parental Engagement: Turning Vision into Reality

24 November 2008

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I’ve been putting a great deal of thinking into the parent portal and reading through the Becta toolkit has stimulated an awful lot of thought in terms of what a parent portal should look like, key functionality and how it may be presented to parents. It’s got me thinking about how important it is to […]

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Working with FROG on Parental Engagement

21 November 2008

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Had a very interesting meeting with Jonathan and Craig at FROG today using Adobe Connect. Although FROG have access to what I am assuming is a sandboxed SIM’s implementation back up in Halifax they’re interesting in seeing real implementations of SIM’s. Meeting raised a number of key issues – do all schools use same SIM’s […]

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Parent Portal – Attendance

17 November 2008

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Attendance is one of the compulsory elements of online, real time reporting as outlined by the DCSF for one of the 2010 targets. Vision Parents can access attendance data – not just as a pie chart but as a yearly summary so they can actually see the assigned marks. Invariably when parents look at a […]

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Useful websites – Parental Engagement

17 November 2008

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Some useful websites on parental engagement: Becta “Engaging Parents in raising Achievement: Do Parents Know they Matter?” “The Impact of Parental Involvement, Parental Support and Family Education on Pupil Achievement and Adjustment: A Review of Literature.” An Ofsted survey: “Parental Involvement in Children’s Education (PICE) Survey (2007).” The Children’s Plan: building brighter futures (Dec 2007) […]

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Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement

17 November 2008

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At Costello we are at an interesting crossroads with regards to the development of a parent portal. We have something waiting in the wings, ready to go public, but are currently working closely with FROG to develop some of the key functionality that will help us to realise the 2010 targets quite a bit earlier. […]

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Improved parental engagement 2010 targets

17 November 2008

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So, by September 2010 all the secondary schools are expected to provide all parents with secure online access to: • attendance and behaviour (both positive and challenging) • progress and attainment • special needs Personally, I think the Becta toolkit on parental engagement could be more helpful with tangible ideas for schools. It all strikes […]

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Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement, moving towards online reporting: Toolkit

17 November 2008

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Yes, all research does point to parents being able to have a positive impact on student attainment – it’s official. The Becta toolkit (published May 2008) outlines how parents can and do have a positive impact on their children’s attainment at school. It is all about how we can get parents more involved in this […]

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Data security – issuing credentials to parents

13 November 2008

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Was at a meeting today where I was talking to some colleagues and throwing some ideas around regarding parental portal. It struck me after the chat we had that there are a myriad of issues to think through regarding data security. The government has just released the latest interim report on data security/handling guidelines. Schools […]

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